It is the policy of UTMB to provide a framework for response to emergencies, internal or external, naturally occurring or man-made, which will guide all staff in managing the event safely and assuring rapid recovery to normal operating conditions.

This site is the online home for the UTMB Institutional Emergency Operations Plan, the Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases Plan, Business Continuity Planning and related documents (some documents are intended for UTMB employee/student use and are password protected). All UTMB faculty, staff, students, contract employees, and volunteers should have a working knowledge of the emergency preparedness plans relative to their department or school. They will be expected to follow the plan in case of an emergency.

Featured Information

  • Emergency Preparedness 2020

    Important 2021 emergency preparation information

    June 2, 2021, 15:43 PM by Institutional Emergency Preparedness Team

    UTMB’s 2021 emergency preparedness presentation and some important reminders from UTMB's emergency leadership are now online. In a pandemic year that has also brought us tropical systems and historic winter storms, we know emergencies affecting our work, families or homes can happen at any time. Please review how UTMB prepares for and communicates during emergencies, and the list of actions you should take now to be ready at work and at home.

  • Emergency Preparedness 2020

    Archive: Important emergency preparation information, 2020

    June 1, 2020, 13:38 PM by Melissa Harman

    UTMB’s 2020 emergency preparedness presentation is now available and includes an overview of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane outlook from StormGeo, a list of the institution’s prioritized risks for 2020, information on helpful resources and more. Review it to know how UTMB prepares and communicates during emergencies and the actions you should take now to be ready at work and at home.

  • Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey from NOAA

    Prioritized Risks for 2020

    January 16, 2020, 08:13 AM by Emergency Planning

    Risk assessment is part of the emergency planning process. Annually, a review is conducted of potential risks, the risks are prioritized based on threat posed and likeliness to occur, and that list is presented to UTMB's president for review and adoption. Click the title to see the 2020-2021 list.

  • UTMB's Response to an External Disaster

    April 16, 2019, 12:04 PM by Emergency Planning

    UTMB has an external disaster plan related to treating patients that may be a victims of a disaster in the community. The external disaster plan is stored on iSpace as an annex of the Emergency Operations Plan. If institutional support is required, the Emergency Department may request activation of the UTMB Institutional Command Center and incident command by contacting the Health System Administrator On-Call.

In the Event of an Emergency...

UTMB Alerts and UTMB Safe

A key component of UTMB’s emergency communications plan is a mass notification system branded as “UTMB Alerts.” UTMB officials will tailor emergency messages to the situation and can send notifications to all hands or to targeted groups. Individuals must keep their contact information up to date to receive these notifications. The most efficient method of communication is by text to a personal cell phone. Sign up and/or see instructions for updating your contact information and preferences.

Individuals are also encouraged to download "UTMB Safe," the official safety app of UTMB. Support by UTMB Police, the app features emergency contacts, crisis alerts, in-app tip reporting, location services features, and much more, all available via your mobile phone.

The UTMB Alerts emergency notification system

  UTMB Safe Mobile App

Information During a Disaster / Weather Emergencies

In the event of a disaster or emergency weather conditions, please refer to the following channels of communication for more information:

  • Information is available via the web at Should the UTMB web server go down, a second server is in place as a backup and will be available via UTMB's normal URL:
  • Additionally, in rare circumstances a backup informational site may be activated at
  • Sign up for UTMB Alerts, the university's emergency notification system.
  • Check your email and the university's official social media channels.
  • Call the UTMB main operator at (409) 772-1011.
  • Monitor local television and radio stations.
UTMB emergency communication channels